Ryan Famuliner

Assistant News Director

Ryan Famuliner joined KBIA in February 2011. It’s his second stint at KBIA. His first was from 2005-2007, as a student studying broadcast journalism at the University in Missouri. In his spell outside KBIA, Ryan worked as a general assignment reporter and videographer at WNDU-TV in South Bend, IN and as a reporter and anchor at the Missourinet radio network in Jefferson City, MO. He’s won Edward R. Murrow Awards for his reporting in both television and radio.

Ryan and his wife Kelly are ecstatic to be back home in Missouri. Hailing from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, respectively, Columbia is a fantastic place to compromise. They spend an unhealthy amount of time at flea markets and junk shops, and watching Mizzou sports and Major League Baseball. They’re about a third of the way through a nation-wide ballpark tour. Ryan’s also always up for a round of disc golf or a nickel-dime poker game.

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Politics
12:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rowden gets nod from Republicans in 44th District

A 29-year-old newcomer to politics is the Republican nominee for the newly-drawn 44th State House District. Caleb Rowden got 41 percent of the vote in the 4-way race for the seat, which will represent Columbia’s third ward and most of Northeast Boone County. Rowden says economic development would be one of his main concerns as a legislator.

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PM Newscasts
4:45 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Newscast for August 7, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill weighs in on the Republican primary that will determine her challenger in November
  • A soy-based chicken producer plans to re-locate to Columbia, and create 60 jobs over 5 years
  • The Army Corps of Engineers says the Missouri River is 15% below its normal level
Business Beat
4:41 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Following the Arkansas River to track the drought

Water is low in the Arkansas River in Colorado this year, making the raft trip through Royal Gorge slower, and bumpier, than normal.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

This week on the show: Harvest Public Media’s Frank Morris follows the river to show the impact of this year’s drought.

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PM Newscasts
5:44 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Newscast for July 23, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A Task Force will help try to secure federal funding for a small nuclear reactor project in Missouri
  • Gov. Nixon declares a state of emergency in Missouri because of the drought
  • An update on the proposed horse slaughterhouse in southern Missouri.
Politics
4:10 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Kinder will pay penalty for missing a property tax bill

KBIA file photo

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's campaign says he will pay a penalty for missing a tax bill on property he owns in Cape Girardeau.

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PM Newscasts
5:58 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Newscast for July 19, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A report on the procession for Columbia soldier Sterling Wyatt, whose body was returned home today.
  • NOAA predicts the hot, dry weather will linger in the fall.
  • Mark Twain National Forest expects above average fire damage this year.
PM Newscasts
5:53 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

KBIA Newscast for July 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Details on the 24th heat-related death in Missouri since June
  • Hear from an author who wants the rights to his book back from the University of Missouri Press
  • A Missouri judge has terminated the parental rights of a Guatemalan woman who was contesting her son's 2008 adoption by a Carthage, Mo. couple.
Business Beat
5:42 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Keeping cows cool: serious stuff

The "Thermal Aid" app, on an iPhone.
Scott Pham KBIA

It’s going to seem like this week’s show is all about keeping cows cool, and it kind of is, but keep in mind this is a serious threat to agriculture in Missouri, and thus, the overall economy in the state.

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Education
4:59 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Author wants his book back from University of Missouri Press

The backlash continues over the so-called “new model” for the University of Missouri Press. one of the Press’ authors wrote a letter to UM System President Tim Wolfe, who closed the old press as a cost-cutting measure.

Author Don Spivey notified Wolfe of his desire to remove his biography of baseball legend Satchel Paige from the University of Missouri Press. It was published in May, and Spivey’s worried about the future of his book.

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Education
10:59 am
Mon July 16, 2012

MU announces "re-imagined" University of Missouri Press

KBIA file photo

Updated 1:45pm with comments from Provost Brian Foster and new Press Director Speer Morgan

The University of Missouri System announced in May it would be eliminating the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st. Today, the University of Missouri-Columbia campus issued the press release below, announcing a new model to serve similar goals of the ill-fated Press.

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Fallen soldiers
4:40 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Volunteers honor Sterling Wyatt and his family

Volunteers put flags into the ground along the route between Highway 63 and the Wyatt family's home on Friday, July 13, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Scores of people showed up to Shepard Boulevard Elementary in Columbia Friday afternoon to line the streets with American flags along the route to the home of the family of Sterling Wyatt, who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan Wednesday. Wyatt’s family is expected to return home Friday night after retrieving his body. Listen to the audio postcard above to hear from those at the event, including Wyatt's grandmother.

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PM Newscasts
6:21 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

KBIA Newscast for July 12, 2012

Regional News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Governor Nixon vetoes 10 bills - including a controversial one involving insurance coverage for contraception
  • Two Columbia soldiers have died in the last 5 days
  • The city of Columbia is proposing major changes to benefits for future city employees
Military
5:18 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Two Columbia soldiers have died this week

MBK (Marjie) Flickr

Two Columbia military members have died in the last five days.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon signs 12 bills into law, vetoes 10

KBIA file photo

Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon was busy Thursday, making decisions on 22 bills the legislature put on his desk.

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PM Newscasts
6:39 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Newscast for July 11, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Governor Nixon signing legislation aiming to protect senior citizens and the disabled from financial exploitation
  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler weighs in on the vote to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Major changes to the process farmers use to apply for low interest loans during a drought
  • Research at Washington University could help diagnose early onset Alzheimer's Disease more than a decade before it occurs.

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